Ron Zacapa Centenario Sistema Solera 23 Rum

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Ron Zacapa Centenario Sistema Solera 23 Rum
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An awesome rum – winner of a Platinum medal and ranked in First Place by the prestigious Beverage Testing Institute in Chicago, with a whopping 97 points. Interestingly, now that industry giants Diageo are distributing Zacapa, the '23 years old' age statement has suddenly been dropped and replaced with a somewhat more plausible claim – the rums used are aged between 6 and 23 years old and are blended together in a solera.

Ron Zacapa Centenario Sistema Solera 23 Rum Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Judges' Comments from The International Cane Spirits Festival 2007

    Nose full or apricots, citrus fruits, vanilla, cocoa and bourbon; rich and full-bodied with spicy chocolate flavors and a pleasing tannic bite; very long finish, clean and rich with a lovely liqueur-like density.

    Award: Gold Medal, Best In Category (Aged Rums 15+ Years Old)

  • Producer's Tasting Notes

    Colour:  Dark Mahogany.

    Body:  Dense, with marvellous complexities of aroma and flavour; thick legs that fall slowly.

    Nose:  Great intensity, sweet with notes of wood.  Sweet fruitiness, vanilla, almond, chocolate, toasted wood and delicate hints of spice.

    Taste:  Dense and exceptionally balanced, very long aftertaste.

    Finish: Attractive and evocative.  Elegant and noble.

52 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    9 March

    Flat out the best rum I've had. I'm hardly an expert, but I am a talented amateur, and this tops my chart. This to sip, and Mt. Gay for mixing.

  • 5
    3 March

    Very good rum!! Full of flavour, lovely after taste, the smell is amazing an beautiful to look at. One large ice cube, perfect

  • 5
    20 February

    exellent value for your money! nice drink, smoozt with dark chocholate!

  • 4
    11 October 2015

    Great stuff, rich and with plenty of depth and complexity. But, it is also hugely sweet, to a degree that it''s almost more like a liqueur than a spirit. Still, a lovely sip if you''re in the mood.

  • 5
    2 October 2015

    A very good sipping rum, served neat!

  • 5
    17 May 2015

    excellent ''bargain'' ! this isn''t your everyday ''rum''.....highly recommended

  • 5
    16 May 2015


  • 5
    14 January 2015

    Excellent 23 yr old rum! A must buy and drink on the rocks or from the freezer. I''ve tried various rums and this is the best I''ve tried.

  • 5
    28 August 2014

    Especially good when accompanying anything chocolate.

  • 19 December 2013

    just finished a bottle. had my rum friends round for a rum night there were about six rums on offer inc mount gay xo and el dorado 15 yr. Did a blind taste test with them all, we all chose RZ 23 as the best. there so much going on in the flavours and it is delivered so cleanly WOW WOW WOW!

  • 7 November 2013

    This is to me the #2 best rum of all time after Barbancourt "Reserve de domain" Just add ice and drink it on the rocks. NEVER put a mix with this classic.

  • 12 July 2013

    The big daddy, the one they all talk about!! It's sweet, not complex, and a hint of burn (such as you would expect from a younger rum). If you like your rum sweet and simple, you can't go wrong with this (though there are cheaper to be had that offer the same e.g. Plantation Gran Anejo Guatemala Rum). I bought a 1 litre bottle from duty free over a year ago, and it's still languishing in my cupboard...

  • 17 May 2013

    I have tried many rums over the time and I think this is the best rum I have had to date.

  • 28 March 2013

    I keep this rum in stock. This is not a mixer at all and must be enjoyed in its naked self. Very smooth in every aspect.

  • 3 December 2012

    werry smooth and tasty a little bit on the sweet side but one of the best I had

  • 2 December 2012

    OMG this is really good!!!! One of the few rums I can drink with an ice cube & no coke!! Reminds me of a very nice Port (not sure if that's a good or bad thing but I like it). Definitely one of my favorites so far....

  • 6 June 2012

    This rum is smooth and intense with lots of flavour, but just a bit too sweet for me. I actually thought it was made from pressed sugar cane rather than molasses as Richml 08/02/12 says, but don't let me put you off trying it as I do not have a very sweet tooth. The free glass that came with it is just perfect for any kind of rum!

  • 28 April 2012

    Pound for pound probably the best rum around - the more expensive XO is also very good but I would say is only really worth the extra money for the rather nice bottle itself. In my opinion if you want anything "better" you're looking at £100+

  • 23 February 2012

    just been to Tobago and was introduced to this spectacular rum. Fanastic !! In Tobago they serve in large brandy glass with a golf ball size of cocunut water as ice just brillant ,5 star all the way. I can very highly recommend enjoy!!!!!!!

  • 8 February 2012

    I think some may not appreciate that this is a Rum made from molasses NOT sugar cane, which is what gives it such a distinctive flavour and smell. This is an exceptional Rum and for me with much more 'taste' than the more expensive XO. Having enjoyed rum around the world for more years than I would like to remember (or cannot remember?!) I consider the 23-year old Solera the best I have ever enjoyed - and I do enjoy it!!

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